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posted by Woods on Sunday May 11 2014, @11:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the third-degree-coffee-tastes-funny dept.

I bet everyone of you will remember what the 'hot coffee lawsuit' was. An elderly woman had sued McDonald for serving her such hot coffee it resulted in 3rd degree burns and millions in punitive damages. A lot of us might also remember it as the poster child of frivolous lawsuits. Some of us might also have taken actions according to our understanding of this issue. A nice summary at Priceonomics reminds us how the 7th amendment has eroded over the two decades following that incident.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Monday May 12 2014, @01:57AM

    by Angry Jesus (182) on Monday May 12 2014, @01:57AM (#41944)

    > If someone is going to complain about frivolous lawsuits, don't use Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants as an example.

    I take it you didn't read the fine article.

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  • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Monday May 12 2014, @02:03AM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <michael@casadevall.pro> on Monday May 12 2014, @02:03AM (#41945) Homepage Journal

    Uh ... *cough*. I saw the wikipedia reaction, and I got on my soapbox. Yeash, perhaps I should shutup and RTFA >.;

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    • (Score: 3) by crutchy on Monday May 12 2014, @07:55AM

      by crutchy (179) on Monday May 12 2014, @07:55AM (#42017) Homepage Journal

      Keep it up NCommander. Your comment was insightful for those of us who also do not bother to RTFA.

      This is a soapbox website (imho) and I come here for the comments; to rant, to vent, to troll, to pick fights with other trolls, to bicker till a nested comment generator gives up and just outputs a the remaining comments as flat. TFA is just a title for inspiration... to get the wheels of car analogies turning in the minds of geeks all over the world.

      Future poll question: How many Soylentils really RTFA?

      For me to even click a link for TFA, TFS must contain one or more certain keywords that trigger a mental boner.

      • (Score: 2) by lhsi on Monday May 12 2014, @09:25AM

        by lhsi (711) on Monday May 12 2014, @09:25AM (#42028) Journal

        Future poll question: How many Soylentils really RTFA?

        I read all the articles that I submit, does that count?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 12 2014, @10:29AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 12 2014, @10:29AM (#42034)

        I find that I have to RTFA, given the fact that most of the summaries on SN are so fucking grammatically incorrect that I have no idea what idea they are trying to convey.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by mrcoolbp on Monday May 12 2014, @04:04PM

          by mrcoolbp (68) <mrcoolbp@soylentnews.org> on Monday May 12 2014, @04:04PM (#42167) Homepage

          Maybe you should submit better summaries then?

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          • (Score: 2) by crutchy on Monday May 12 2014, @09:39PM

            by crutchy (179) on Monday May 12 2014, @09:39PM (#42352) Homepage Journal

            i rarely submit anything, cos i'm not much interested in tfa or tfs. i'm just here for the comments mainly, and the geeky community spirit.

            • (Score: 2) by mrcoolbp on Tuesday May 13 2014, @03:45AM

              by mrcoolbp (68) <mrcoolbp@soylentnews.org> on Tuesday May 13 2014, @03:45AM (#42523) Homepage

              I replied to the AC above because this site is what we make of it. When you have a community-driven model like this, it does a lot more good to chip in and help out instead of just complaining all the time. A few centavos of mine.

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